Driving Lessons in Stoke-on-Trent

The complete guide to selecting a driving school and passing your driving test in Stoke-on-Trent.

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How to choose a driving school in Stoke-on-Trent

You want an instructor who:

  • Makes you feel supported
  • Makes it enjoyable to learn
  • Won’t rip you off!

Which is why we recommend these 5 things:

1. Compare reviews

See what other learner drivers have said about Stoke-on-Trent’s schools on sites like Trustpilot and Driving School Reviews. Lots of driving schools in Stoke-on-Trent only show their best reviews on their website. Your best bet is to look at a range of reviews to get a clearer viewpoint.

2. Beware of terms and conditions

If you block book lessons with some schools in Stoke-on-Trent but have any hours remaining at the end, they will be deemed as spent and no refund will be given. Go through the driving school’s Terms and Conditions to check that you can get refunded if you have any hours leftover.

3. Make sure your instructor is qualified

A fully qualified driving instructor (Approved Driving Instructor) will provide a better learning experience than one who is in training (Potential Driving Instructor). There are schools in Stoke-on-Trent that use instructors in training so be sure to ask for a fully qualified instructor for your lessons.

4. Check that you can switch instructors

Having a good relationship with your instructor is essential for getting the most out of your learning experience. If you’re not getting along with your current instructor, you should be able to change to one that’s better suited to you. Ask about a driving school’s switching policies as not all driving schools in Stoke-on-Trent are upfront about them.

5. Avoid long waiting times

It’s good to know what the waiting times are before you begin your lessons. Some driving schools in Stoke-on-Trent could make you wait over three weeks for your first lesson, so go for one that doesn’t make you wait longer than needed.

Choosing between manual and automatic

Think carefully about whether you want manual or automatic driving lessons before booking your first lesson.

Automatic cars don’t have a clutch pedal, just one for braking and one for accelerating. This makes them simpler to learn so you could end up passing your test quicker.

Automatics are also easier to drive in heavy traffic as you don’t have to worry about constantly changing gears. Some of the main roads in Stoke-on-Trent can get congested, especially during rush hour, so you might prefer an automatic here.

However, manual cars are cheaper to purchase and can also give you a better feeling of control. Moreover, a manual licence lets you drive both automatics and manuals, whereas an automatic licence only lets you drive automatic cars. So you might prefer the flexibility of a manual driving licence.

They both have their pros and cons, so it's entirely down to you.

Choosing your test centre

Once you’re getting used to life in the driver’s seat, you’ll need to choose a driving test centre in preparation for the big day. Have a look below at the test centres in the Stock-on-Trent postcode area, as well as others nearby.

Test centre pass rates

National average

DVSA practical car test pass rates, 2018-2019.

Crewe Test Centre | Pass rate: 48.8%

Be warned that there’s no parking at Crewe Test Centre. It’s located in a network of suburban streets, so you could end up being asked to complete your manoeuvres pretty close to the test centre itself.

Address: 6 Nile Street, Crewe, Cheshire, CW2 7LL

Cobridge Test Centre | Pass rate: 38.4%

Cobridge Test Centre has a pass rate below the national average of 45.8%. The centre is right next to the A53, so that’s likely to come up in a test here.

Address: 8 Elder Road, Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST6 2HE

Newcastle-under-Lyme Test Centre | Pass rate: 41.4%

There’s a network of A roads surrounding this test centre, including the A34 and the A500 dual carriageway. So, be prepared for busy roads and practise changing lanes.

Address: Parklands, Clayton Lane, Trent Vale, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST4 6PQ

Check out the DVSA page to find your nearest Driving Test Centre.

Test tips from Stoke-on-Trent instructors

1. Be careful when overtaking on dual carriageways

Expect high speed A roads such as the A500 dual carriageway if you take your test at Newcastle-under-Lyme. If you want to overtake a car on a dual carriageway, be sure to only do so when you’re certain it’s safe otherwise your examiner will penalise you.

2. Get ready for roundabouts

Cobridge Driving Test Centre will feature dual carriageways that enter and exit large multi-lane roundabouts. Make sure to keep within your lane at all times.

3. Watch out for parked cars

Crewe Test Centre starts in a suburban area where there will be lots of parked cars on both sides of the road. Keep a safe passing distance and be sure to look out for pedestrians obscured by the cars.

What if you could pass in 17 fewer hours?

Our top-rated instructors will help you pass in 17 fewer hours than the UK average. Plus you’ll have the help of the free Midrive Learner app for more tips and advice for your practical test. Other benefits you’ll get:

  • Matched within 24 hours
  • Refund on unused hours
  • 100% money back guarantee

What learners say about our driving lessons in Stoke-on-Trent

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Where we provide lessons in Stoke-on-Trent

Here are just some of the areas we cover in Stoke-on-Trent:

Burslem, Fenton, Hanley, Kidsgrove, Longton, Middleport, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Porthill, Shelton, Tunstall, Uttoxeter and Westlands.

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